Connection is key at the CAFO2019 Summit. Get ready to meet, discover, learn and share with others walking the same road and working toward the same solutions as you. Watch ideas become action, strangers become friends, and isolation become hope.

Join a meet-up — or create your own when you arrive! (Look for the public meet-up postings by registration).

Wednesday, May 8th

5:45pm  7:15pm
Wesleyan/ Hephzibah62:4 Connection Dinner  
Wesleyan denominational leaders and church attendees who are attending CAFO2019, you are invited to join us for dinner on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 5:45-7:15pm to connect, fellowship and learn about an exciting new vision to increase awareness and hands-on participation through local Wesleyan churches that will positively impact vulnerable children in our communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Register here for this FREE buffet dinner event.

Thursday, May 9th

12:00pm – 1:15pm
Indiana Church Advocates
If you lead or volunteer with your churches adoption, foster care, or orphan care ministry – and live in Indiana – we’d love to meet you! Come interact with others in Indiana, share your ideas, and discuss how we can be a unified body of Christ serving and loving the vulnerable children in our state. 
Hosted by Hands of Hope
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Coffee & Conversation for Adult Adoptees and Foster Alum
Come join other adoptees and foster alum for a special time of conversation and connection…with coffee!   Grab some special refreshments while meeting new friends.  Don’t miss this time of rich discussion and fellowship!
Hosted by Ignite Hope
Artisan & Trade Ministries Meet-Up
Come meet other artisan and trade ministries who are working to empower communities and combat poverty in the developing world.  Connect, discuss challenges, share solutions and brainstorm on new frontiers and ideas to strengthen families and serve vulnerable children. 
Hosted by Apparent Project 
2:30pm – 3:30pm 
Single Moms Meet-Up
You’re not alone!  Come meet other single adoptive moms who understand the joys and challenges of the road you’re on.  get ready to meet new friends and leave encouraged & energized.  We’re excited to meet you! 
Hosted by Go Be Love


Kentucky Foster Families & Advocates
Are you a foster parent or advocate interested in learning more about fostering in the Commonwealth of Kentucky? Join others in your community to discuss what it looks like to foster in this state, resources, and ways to get involved. Meet those working in this space and discuss how to be more involved to help Kentucky’s most vulnerable youth.
Hosted by the Bair Foundation
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Latin America Meet-Up
Connect with other organizations and leaders who are working and advocating for vulnerable children in Latin America.  Meet those working on the same issues and in the same region as you and discover new friends, partners and resources to strengthen your work!

Hosted by Alianza Cristiana para los Huérfanos

Cambodia Meet-Up
All serving in Cambodia — or simply sharing a heart for the country — are invited to join this time of prayer and strategic dreaming. Real Wood Floors provide high-end flooring to customers across the US. The company’s deeper mission is to help find a home for every orphan, particularly in the countries where it sources wood, including Cambodia. CEO Sam Cobb will host this gathering, seeking to encourage and join together with region-wide vision and efforts both to care for children who live without families and to prevent future abandonment. Let’s seek God-sized strategic visions together!
Hosted by Sam Cobb, Real Wood Floors

Friday, May 10th

Friday Breakfast (7:340am — 8:15am)  
Join the Movement in Kentucky
Grab your breakfast here! Learn about the current state and local opportunities to care for foster and adoptive children in Kentucky.  Connect with leaders in this region, connect to the movement as a church, an organization, or an individual.  Leave with new friends & next steps to make a difference in the lives of our children.
Hosted by Orphan Care Alliance
8:30am — 9:30am
The African American Leadership Council Meet-Up
We would like to invite you to meet the African American Leadership Council! This Council is a strategic effort created by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) to inspire, connect and equip African –American Churches to rise up in answer to God’s call to care for the “orphan in distress”.  Come meet the team, share ideas, connect with others on engaging the African American Church and be encouraged!
Hosted by CAFO African American Leadership Council 
Southern Africa Meet-Up
Connect with other organizations and leaders who are working and advocating for vulnerable children in Southern Africa.  Meet those working on the same issues and in the same region as you and discover new friends, partners and resources to strengthen your work!
Hosted by Forgotten Voices
OVC Essentials Meet Up
Welcome all OVC Essentials alumni (CAFO’s online course)! Come say, “Hello” and connect with one another – and with Leah. For those with interest in participating in future cohorts, or with questions about OVC Essentials, please join us as well!
Hosted by CAFO OVC Essentials
9:45am — 10:45am
Media & Ministry:  Sharing our Mission for His Glory 
Sharing our stories and ministries via media’s many forms demands our very best. From books and magazine articles to blogs and podcasts, we all desire to keep Christ foremost in our sharing. Come meet other authors, bloggers, and vloggers and discuss challenges, common goals, and best practices moving forward. Meet and hear from prominent online and print voices including: Mike Berry, Beth Guckenberger, Rick Morton, Sandra Flach Jason Johnson and Kim de Blecourt.  
Hosted by Nourished Hearts
Child Welfare Policy Meetup
Come connect, share, and discuss adoption and child welfare policy with other adoption and child welfare advocates working at the state and federal levels! Connect with stakeholders in the domestic and international policy space over your major policy priorities, challenges, best practices and strategies, and ways to engage government and policymakers to improve outcomes for children in need of families.
Hosted by Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Are you a CAFO Member Church or Organization? Email to learn about posting your meet-up here.